Noticesheet to 17th July – Ordinary 16

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Dear <<First Name>>

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 19th July – Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.
Private Prayer at S. Anne’s
Thanks to a number of volunteers we will be making S. Anne’s Church available for Private Prayer only twice a week. This has to be under supervision and with everyone’s commitment to social distancing and the safety of others.

The Church will be open on

Mondays          5pm to 7pm
Thursdays        2pm to 4pm
  Prayer Trees There are Prayer Trees at S. Anne’s, S. Mary’s and S. Edwards. Please bring along a ribbon, piece of string, a luggage label with a prayer written on it to tie to the trees: an outward witness of the Church and a safe(r) place for prayer. What Next? The PCC met on Thursday 16th July to discuss what the Parishes wanted to do for reopening. The Doodle Poll showed a majority of people wanted worship to remain online for the time being.

In order to comply legally, a resolution was passed asking for the Bishop to authorise keeping our Churches closed for Public Worship until the end of August. The Bishop has indicated his expectation that Churches would be open for September, and so it was agreed that we would adopt the second most popular option in September.

Recognising that many were still anxious to attend church but some were desperate, there would still be a full broadcast service at 10.30am and then a Said Mass at 11.15am rotating between S. Mary, S. Edward and S. Anne. This Low Mass would be a simple 30min Mass with Sermon but no music or singing. Full Social Distancing protocols would be implemented and communion would be in one kind only. The PCC will meet again in August to finalise arrangements for September which will include the need to book attendance (there will be a Max of 30 at each Mass) and the closure of pews to ensure safe social distance (so no, you won’t necessarily be able to sit in the pew you normally do).

The Broadcast Mass at 10.30am on a Sunday on Twitch and Youtube will continue.  
This week

We will be broadcasting the Mass for Spiritual Communion from S. Anne, Glenholt We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it, although if you register a free account, you can even “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship. The more subscribers the better service we can deliver (we need fifty for the next level).

Simply visit

and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

The YouTube Channel will be run simultaneously this week on

(I know some people have had Twitch issues, so this might help, I have used a short link here because we don’t have enough YouTube subscribers to get a custom name – we need a thousand!)

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at:

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

For those who don’t have Internet… (can you please pass this on)
We can now enable non-internet users to access our worship. Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330# to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

I am pleased that someone has started to use this facility. Please tell others. Please tell when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (

It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on

For the next few weeks we will be looking at Theories of Atonement at the Noon group – what does the Cross and Resurrection mean, what does “Christ died for our sins” signify? All are welcome to join this group.

7.30pm – click on For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the Psalms using Psalms – Prayers of the Heart which is only £2.99 on Kindle see

These locations will not change.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary:
 and the Broadcast page

To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

Please pass all this information on to others: keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ


Since lockdown, of course people have been unable to give in the usual way on the plate, which places us in a particularly difficult situation. But.. the Church of England is rich – why do I need to give money to my Parish Church? If we had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I wouldn’t need to be writing this part of the newsletter! Certainly, on paper, the Church of England has massive assets… and no money. The assets are virtually all Churches: from beautiful historic medieval buildings to modern churches built in a housing estate – it certainly looks good on paper, but these often historic, significant buildings can’t be sold off and the responsibility for its maintenance falls to the local community, often small in number and in the current COVID-19 lockdown unable to gather in Church for health reasons. The responsibility of maintaining our 4 churches here on the edge of Dartmoor falls to us, and that includes the cost of the Vicar, so we are expected to pay almost £40,000 a year to the Diocese (between the Parishes of Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior) as well as ongoing maintanence costs to the Churches and the Churchyards: if you wonder why the grass of the Churchyard isn’t cut quite as often as you might like it – we simply can’t afford it. Since the lockdown, nearly 80% of our collections have disappeared because the plate simply isn’t there any more. So I am asking you, if you are a regular giver, an occasional visitor, a local resident or a friend of our parish from further afield, to please consider helping us by making a regular or a one-off donation online. As you know, we have Card Machines in Church, and the same providers of this have a giving screen For S. Mary’s, S. Anne’s and S. Cecilia, click here For S. Edward’s, click here You can also choose to add Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer, which as you know makes a significant different to your giving. In the medium term, we are asking you to transfer to a Direct Debit giving (just like you pay for your Gas Bill). Just download, print and complete and send to the Treasurer listed at the top of the right form for you. For Bickleigh Parish please use this form: For Shaugh Prior Parish please use this form: Thank you very much for your support in this difficult time. Foundation Governor We need a fourth Foundation Governor who will help to ensure the distinctive nature of our Church School. Bickleigh Down is a significant part of our mission here in this Parish, and the Foundation Governors are drawn from the Church. It is a voluntary position, and a vital part of ensuring the flourishing of our School which has a really good reputation for quality and its pastoral care which both come from its Christian ethos.

If you want to know more about what it entails: the reading, the meetings, the training which is offered then please speak with our existing Governors: Wendy Round, Janet Liddicoat or Alan Hawking and they can give you the honest insight into this rewarding and important role in society.

Please consider this, and then contact Fr Simon Collective Worship Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Karen; Alice; David; Ozzie; Jason

We give thanks to God for the news that Fox is now Cancer-free and that Fletcher has been in remission from Cancer for a whole year.

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee.
(Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death.

  Mass Card for Ordinary Time (Sundays and Thursdays) Sunday Readings Sunday 19 July 2020 Ordinary 16  
Entrance Antiphon
God himself is my help. The Lord upholds my life. I will offer you a willing sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness. [Psalm 54:6,8]
Lord, be merciful to your people.
Fill us with your gifts
and make us always eager to serve you
in faith, hope, and love.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wisdom 12:13,16-19
A reading from the book of Wisdom
There is no god, other than you, who cares for every thing,
to whom you might have to prove that you never judged unjustly;
Your justice has its source in strength,
your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.
You show your strength when your sovereign power is questioned
and you expose the insolence of those who know it;
but, disposing of such strength, you are mild in judgement,
you govern us with great lenience,
for you have only to will, and your power is there.
By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people
how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men,
and you have given your sons the good hope
that after sin you will grant repentance.
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Romans 8:26-27
A reading from the letter of Paul to the people of the city of Rome
The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation cf.Ep1:17,18
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our mind,
so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.
Matthew 13:24-43
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
Jesus put another parable before the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn.”’
He put another parable before them: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and shelter in its branches.’
He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.’
In all this Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables; indeed, he would never speak to them except in parables. This was to fulfil the prophecy:
I will speak to you in parables
and expound things hidden since the foundation of the world.
Then, leaving the crowds, he went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain the parable about the darnel in the field to us.’ He said in reply, ‘The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel, the subjects of the evil one; the enemy who sowed them, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels. Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that provoke offences and all who do evil, and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Then the virtuous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Listen, anyone who has ears!’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
Communion Antiphon
The Lord keeps in our minds the wonderful things he has done. He is compassion and love; he always provides for his faithful. [Psalm 111:4-5]

Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Prayer after Communion
Merciful Father,
may these mysteries
give us new purpose
and bring us to a new life in you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
  I need your readings! Date Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions 05/07/2020 Ordinary 14 Ann P Helen Lou 12/7/2020 Ordinary 15 Jo C Janet Ruth 19/7/2020 Ordinary 16 Dawn Chris Crosby Frank 26/7/2020 Ordinary 17
Preacher: Kate (Ordinand) Karen Chris Carpenter Alan 02/8/2020 Ordinary 18 Janet Katie Jones Kate (Ordinand)          
Others have put their names forward and will appear on the rota for subsequent weeks Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service.


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